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    How you can support bookstores during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Jonny Diamond

    March 16, 2020, 3:01pm

    Though most bookstores are closing their doors to the public, you can still buy books from them! And because you believe in our shared responsibility to preserve the wellbeing of those most vulnerable among us, you’re staying home and reading books, right? This past weekend saw many book people taking to Twitter to start recommendation threads and it was really lovely to see. Though the coming months are going to be hard on all of us, the emergence of supportive digital communities (already so crucial for those on the margins) is—and will be—a wonderful thing to see. We’re going to do everything we can to support and amplify these communities, and to help those in need. As such, a lot of these posts are going to be updated regularly.

    First up, independent publishing powerhouse and founder of Melville House Dennis Johnson put a call out for indie bookstores to pipe up in his mentions—you can visit the thread below to see for yourself all the great stores across the country who will deliver books, but we’ve organized them by region at the end of this post, and will be adding to this list for as long as it takes.*

    Of course, you can also order from Bookshop.org, a great—and important—alternative to Amazon that shares proceeds of every sale with small, independent stores, and is a much-needed affiliate revenue stream for anyone who covers books online. In the past week, 70 more stores have joined Bookshop. For the next eight weeks, to help support them, indie stores using Bookshop will receive 30% of the cover price of any sale, up from 25%. Bookshop will earn no revenue from those sales.

    You can also use BookstoreLink.com to find your nearest indie, and if you like audiobooks, Libro.fm (same people behind BookstoreLink) are offering two-for-one deals if you use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW (and 100 percent of the money goes to the store!).

    Literati, a wonderful bookstore in Ann Arbor has some tips for supporting your local store that go beyond simpling buying books (but still do that!), including signing up for newsletters and organizing digital book clubs.

    Ally Kirkpatrick, of Old Town Books in Alexandria, VA is looking to bolster income through virtual classes from writers (and it seems to have caught on!).

    Long Island’s Book Revue will leave puzzles and socks (and books!) on your doorstep.

    Not sure what to order? There are a bunch of great threads out there with recommendations, including these from T Kira Madden, Maris Kreizman, and Raven Bookstore


    East Bay Book Booksellers compares the purchase of gift certificates to low-interest loans that can help see a store through to the other side of this.

    And for our readers in the UK, here’s Simon Savidge doing a call out for stores that are delivering (see details in thread).

    And here is some calming advice from Tayari Jones for debut writers: “Your book… is not a carton of milk. It won’t expire.”

    Joshua Roark at Frontier Poetry is organizing a virtual book tour for poets.


    The lovely Robert Macfarlane is setting up a Twitter reading group, #CoReadingVirus. (Our vote for first book is Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.)

    And Maris Kreizman, providing an easy way to donate to the employees of McNally Jackson, who were laid off while the stores are closed:

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has had the most financial assistance requests on record in the past couple days, with several booksellers asking for help every hour. The good news is that the book community is also making major contributions: on just Monday, $44,000 was raised through a generous gift-matching challenge by literary agent Steven Malk of Writers House and Beacon Press. There is another gift-matching challenge occurring now: every dollar up to $41,000 will be matched. Donate here!


    Order from these independent bookstores:
    *To add your store to the following list, please email info@lithub.com
    With reporting by Julia Hass

    Flagstaff, AZ

    Bright Side Bookshop

    Phoenix, AZ

    Changing Hands Bookstore

    Bay Area, CA

    Booksmith · Green Apple Books · City Lights · Corte Madera Book Passage · East Bay Booksellers · Santa Cruz Bookshop · Menlo Park Kepler’s · Point Reyes Books · East Wind Books of Berkeley · Napa Bookmine · Flashlight Books · Books Inc · Walden Pond Books · Alexander Book Company · Orinda Books

    Burbank, CA


    Los Angeles, CA

    Diesel Bookstore · Skylight Books · Booksoup · Eso Won Books

    Montrose, CA

    Once Upon a Time Bookstore

    Pasadena, CA

    Vroman’s Bookstore

    Riverside, CA

    Cellar Door Bookstore

    Santa Barbara, CA


    San Diego, CA

    Diesel Bookstore · Mysterious Galaxy

    Durango, CO

    Maria’s Bookshop

    Madison, CT

    R. J. Julia Booksellers

    Mystic, CT

    Bank Square Books

    Washington, DC

    Solid State Books · Politics and Prose · Carpe Librum

    Rehoboth Beach, DE

    Browse About Books

    Delray Beach, FL

    Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

    Key West, FL

    Books and Books

    Miami, FL

    Books and Books · Good News Book Shop 

    Orlando, FL

    Writer’s Block Bookstore

    Punta Gorda, FL

    Sandman Books

    Tampa, FL

    The Bookstore

    Athens, GA

    Avid Bookshop

    Augusta, GA

    The Book Tavern

    St. Simon’s Island, GA

    Righton Books

    Hailey, ID

    Iconoclast Books

    Chicago, IL

    Unabridged Bookstore · 57th St Books/Seminary Coop · Book Cellar · Book Stall · Sandmeyers · Women and Children First · Open Books · Pilsen Community Books · Carpe Librum

    South Bend, IN

    Brain Lair Books

    Fairway, KS

    Rainy Day Books

    Louisville, KY


    New Orleans, LA

    Octavia Bookshop · Garden District Bookshop · Tubby & Coos Children’s Books

    Andover, MA

    Hugo Bookstore

    Boston, MA

    Harvard Bookstore · Brookline Booksmith · Trident Booksellers · Porter Square Books · Belmont Books · Papercuts J. P.  · Frugal Bookstore · Wellesley Bookstore · More Than Words · Brattle Bookshop · Bookshop of Beverly Farms

    East Sandwich, MA

    Titcomb’s Bookshop

    Greenfield, MA

    Federal Street Books

    Baltimore, MD

    Red Emma’s · Atomic Books · Charm City Books · The Ivy Bookshop · Greedy Reads

    Oxford, MD

    Mystery Loves Company

    Brunswick, ME

    Gulf of Maine Books

    Portland, ME

    Print: A Bookstore

    Rockland, ME

    Hello Hello Books

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Literati Bookstore · The Books Connection

    Chelsea, MI

    Serendipity Books

    Oak Park, MI

    The Book Beat

    East Lansing, MI

    Curious Bookshop

    Marquette, MN

    Snowbound Books

    Minneapolis, MN

    Magers & Quinn

    St. Paul, MN

    Subtext Books · Next Chapter Booksellers

    St. Louis, MO

    Left Bank Books

    Jackson, MS

    Lemuria Books

    Oxford, MS

    Square Books

    Asheville, NC

    Malaprop’s Bookstore

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Flyleaf Books · Epilogue Books

    Charlotte, NC

    Park Road Books

    Durham, NC

    The Regulator

    Greensboro, NC

    Scuppernong Books

    Raleigh, NC

    Quail Ridge Books

    Wake Forest, NC

    Page 158 Books

    Winston Salem, NC


    Lincoln, NE

    Francie & Finch Bookshop

    Concord, NH

    Gibson’s Bookstore

    Portsmouth, NH

    River Run Bookstore

    Hoboken, NJ

    Little City Books

    Maplewood, NJ

    [words] Bookstore

    Montclair, NJ

    Watchung Booksellers

    Albuquerque, NM


    Las Vegas, NV

    The Writer’s Block

    Albany, NY

    Book House of Stuyvessant Plaza

    Brooklyn, NY

    Greenlight Bookstore · Word Bookstores · Books Are Magic · Topos Bookstore · Molasses Books · Community Bookstore

    Buffalo, NY

    Talking Leaves Bookstore

    Hudson Valley, NY

    Oblong Books

    Manhattan, NY

    McNally Jackson · Shakespeare & Co · Book Club · Book Culture

    Rosendale, NY

    Postmark Books

    Saratoga Springs, NY

    The Northshire

    Queens, NY

    Kew and Willow

    Columbus, OH

    Book Loft · Gramercy Books

    Shaker Heights, OH

    Loganberry Books

    Eugene, OR

    J. Michael’s Books

    Hood River, OR

    Waucoma Bookstore

    Portland, OR

    Powell’s Bookstore

    Doylestown, PA

    Doylestown Bookshop

    Narberth, PA

    Narberth Bookstore

    New Hope, PA

    Farley’s Bookshop

    Philadelphia, PA

    Joseph Fox Bookstore · Shakespeare & Company · A Novel Idea · The Head and The Hand · Uncle Bobbies · Amalgam · Harriet’s Bookshop · Big Blue Marble Book

    Phoenixville, PA

    Reads & Company

    Pittsburgh, PA

    City of Asylum Books · Penguin Books · White Whale Books · Shadyside Books · Mystery Lovers Books · City Books · Riverstone Books

    Wayne, PA

    Main Point Books

    Providence, RI

    Riffraff Bookstore

    Charleston, SC

    Buxton Books

    Greenville, SC

    Fiction Addiction

    Memphis, TN


    Nashville, TN

    Parnassus Books

    Austin, TX

    Book People

    Dallas, TX

    Interabang Books

    Houston, TX

    Brazos Bookstore

    Salt Lake City, UT

    King’s English

    Saint George, UT

    The Book Bungalow

    Alexandria, VA

    Old Town Books

    Arlington, VA

    One More Page Books

    Norfolk, VA

    Prince Books

    Richmond, VA

    Fountain Bookstore

    Manchester Center, VT

    Northshire Books

    Woodstock, VT

    Yankee Bookshop

    Bremerton, WA

    Ballast Book

    Port Angeles, WA

    Port Book and News

    Seattle, WA

    Elliot Bay Book Company · Third Place Books · Phinney Books · University Books · Mercer Island Books

    Spokane, WA

    Auntie’s Bookstore

    Algoma, WI


    Madison, WI

    Room of One’s Own Books

    Milwaukee, WI

    Boswell Book Company

    Charleston, WV

    Taylor Books

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